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First Weigh In

imageI weighed myself yesterday and I’ve gone down from 10st 9.8lbs to 10st 7lbs (although my fitnes pal doesn’t show this as it had my pre-Christmas weight recorded last), so I’ve lost about 2.5lbs. I was really surprised as my first target was just to eat three meals a day and I’ve stuck to this, but I didn’t expect a relatively big weight loss as I’d started to record my food on my fitness pal as well and, to be honest, five out of the seven days I was over my allowance!

I think this is a reflection of how much I’ve was eating before, but also how importent it is not to get despondent when you’re consuming more than you thought and to just keep going with the diet. So many times in the past when I’ve eaten too much I’ve had the ‘well I might as well have….’ attitude. This time I didn’t ‘start tomorrow’ I just kept going. I know as my diet progresses I won’t always have success on higher calories, but part of the reason for my slow weight loss target is that so I actually get there, not give up along the way because I’m not fast enough.

I have a new target for this week; I’m getting out my leg warmers and starting Callanetics again. For anyone who hasn’t heard of it this is a great low impact, powerful workout that can help you get into shape quickly. I’m starting to do three sessions a week.

How is your diet going? Don’t forget if you want support please feel free to follow me on myfitnesspal – my username is frenchfranky. Hope you have great week!

Meals For A French Kitchen · Losing Weight · Low Calorie Meals

Poulet Et Bacon Tarte


I love food, so dieting is hard. Any recipe that’s tasty and can keep me away from chocolate and junk is good in my eyes, hence this pie. It’s about 375 calories a generous slice so, if served with roasted vegetables, it’s a great way to stay on track. Here is the recipe if you want to try it yourself.

Ingredients and Method (serves 6)

spray oil

1 chopped onion  image

2 garlic cloves

1 medium leek, sliced thinly

100ml white wine

150ml water

1 chicken stock cube

3 chicken breasts cut into cubes

200g smoked bacon lardons

300g half fat crème fraiche

freshly ground black pepper

Ready to roll puff pastry

1. In a large frying pan spray some oil then fry the onion and garlic with the bacon lardons and chicken.

2. When the chicken is cooked through add the wine and water, then dissolve the stock cube into the liquid. On a low heat reduce the liquid to about half by simmering for about 15-20 minutes.

3. Take the pan from the heat and then stir in the crème fraiche, grinding pepper into the mixture to taste.

4. Put the mixture into a 1.5 litre pie dish. Unroll the pastry and lay it over the top of the dish, trimming the edges. If you want to use the trimmings to decorate the pie top. Brush milk lightly over the pastry top.

5. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 30-35 minutes at 200C/180C Fan/Gas6.




Catholic · Losing Weight · Uncategorized

Rewards For A Good Day?

imageThe reason I’m so fat is I eat a lot of crap as a ‘reward’. Bad day? Poor you, you need to feel good about yourself. You’ve out up with so much. Have this packet of biscuits, bag of sweets and a burger to make yourself feel good.

Had a wonderful day? Hey, you need to celebrate! Have this packet of biscuits, bag of sweets, burger….

You get the picture.

The thing is that eating never makes you feel good. It starts of tasting good, then pretty quickly your munching away like it’s your job to finish that cake, biscuit, tub of ice cream – whatever. Then there’s the guilt afterwards.

As for the celebratory type of reward eating – have any of you actually done the type of ‘celebration’ where you buy a big cream cake and then stuff it in your face in the car? Or lots of chocolate etc and ‘celebrate’ by yourself at home? Now, that’s a party.

It really brings to mind Jesus’ words;

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Food has actually become a burden for me, both literally in the weight I carry and figuratively in its emotional impact.

The run of the mill diet advice is to reward yourself in other ways – great idea. Except with food I’ve pretty much learnt to expect relatively immediate rewards and, as the advice is ‘when you’ve lost 1/2 a stone’etc, this won’t work. I’ve begun to think I need a reward system where

* I immediately give myself recognition for my efforts to reinforce positive behaviour

* The recognition mounts up to some pretty satisfying rewards

So this is my idea – a reward jar. Yes, I am aware that what I’m about to share is pathetic as its what I do for my five year old. I plan to reward myself at the end of each day based on the following criteria. So I put in the jar….

€1 for when I eat only at mealtimes

€1 for when I do my workout (I’m not introducing these yet, but I will in the future) or when I walk 10,000 steps

€1 for when I don’t eat chocolate/sweets/biscuits/cakes that day

€1 for each pound I lose

So for each day I could ‘earn’ up to €3 or €5 (the latter on a, hopeful, weightloss day). This may sound a lot, but when I think of all the money I spend on junk food it just seems to be a reinvestment. You can, of course, spend these rewards on getting your nails done, getting your hair done, a new accessory etc.

But my mind is going back to the quote; I will give you rest. I need rest from the cycle of eating and as a Catholic though I think I’ll only really get that rest from the I AM. I believe in prayer and fasting; it can bring about miracles. Well what if I turn this diet into prayer and fasting? What if I say I’m going to dedicate the money to charity? Near me is a food bank – it would be eas to turn my daily rewards into physical help for others.

I’m going to commit to this.

Losing Weight · Uncategorized

Want To Join Me?


Last Christmas nobody stole my heart, but I seem to have stole someone’s pies in the year between as I was about a stone and a half lighter. In the June of 2015 I had decided that I was going to lose weight at a slow and steady pace; at the time I had 32 weeks until Christmas and I figured even if I just lost 1lb a week I’d be significantly thinner by then. I didn’t lose that much, some holidays and some time decidedly off track took their toll, but I was thinner and felt much more positive as a result.

Then I went completely off track. 😖

This year I’m going for the slow and steady method again. Even if it’s .5lb a week, or on the weeks I’m just maintaining, I’m going to concentrate on heading in the right direction. At .5lbs a week I could lose 26lbs after all, lose an average between .5lbs and 1lbs and that’s 39lbs – more than my target weight loss!

I’ve decided to set myself a weekly goal to bring the weight loss about, for example my first goal is just to eat three meals a day with only fruit for snacks. I know what’s healthy and what isn’t, I’ve been on so many diets, so I can make good food choices and as long as I’m doing that 90% of the time I should start to lose weight.

When I chose a new goal I won’t abandon the old one, but just introduce something else that will bring me success in this area. So, for instance, the next week I might focus on drinking enough water throughout the day.

I’ve decided to do it this way as I’m hoping the habits I create will stick if I can imbed them over a year and I won’t get overwhelmed.

Anyone with me?